Lee Meeting House

World Jazz Trio La Voz De Tres with guest Paul McCandless

Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

International Jazz Day

Drawing from a rich variety of musical influences, La Voz de Tres combines elements of South American folklore with jazz, brazilian music, latin jazz, nueva trova, and chamber music. Using only three instruments- voice, 7-string guitar and piano- the group creates surprising textures that are both bold and nuanced.

In a remarkable career spanning nearly five decades, composer and multi-wind player Paul McCandless has brought his exquisite sound and musicality to numerous projects, including multiple Grammy-winning recording and two seminal world/jazz groups: the original Paul Winter Consort and highly innovative and influential quartet Oregon. Though he originally distinguished himself as a virtuoso oboe player with a startling and unique voice as an improviser, he is equally at home with the english horn, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and other wind instruments. In a series of special concerts which includes a performance in Lee, Massachusetts for International Jazz Day, McCandless joins La Voz de Tres for interpretations of the music from their recent album Sueños y Delirios, which features music by Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Arsenio Rodriguez, Cesar Portillo De La Luz, Milton Nascimento, Billy Strayhorn, Silvio Rodriguez, and the group’s guitarist Ennis. The program will also feature original compositions by McCandless and Natalia Bernal as well as other songs of the Americas.

As long time McCandless fans, the trio was elated to discover the beautiful way his reed sounds meshed with a long-established group sound during several engagements early in 2016. Audiences responded enthusiastically and remarked about the instant rapport and the four musicians look forward to bringing this very personal dynamic to further audiences.

Paul McCandless, composer and multi-wind player inherited his artistic passion from his parents who were both music teachers. With a distinguished career spanning over three decades, McCandless brings a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON. He has received multiple grammy awards and nominations as part of a multi-decade career which includes solo work as well as being credited on more than 200 albums. He has made notable associations with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7 and Fred Simon. In 1996 he won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones with whom he was a guest artist. McCandless’ fine tuned compositional skills have been called upon for a number of film scores. Most notably he wrote music for the video Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, a Rabbit Ears Production with Graham Greene as narrator. Paul recorded three of his orchestral scores for a CD called “Oregon In Moscow” featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra.“Round Robin,” the opening track received two 2001 Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement. As an orchestral soloist he has performed with the Camerata chamber orchestra of Mexico City, St Paul chamber orchestra, and the Philadelphia, Buffalo, Los Angeles and Stuttgart symphony orchestras.

"The musicianship is impeccable and Ms. Bernal's voice is a revelation."

Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest

La Voz De Tres is:

Natalia Bernal, Chilean vocalist
Natalia Bernal was raised in the beautiful coastal city of Iquique, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Atacama Desert. Based in New York City since 2007, her sound embodies the drama and intensity of the natural surroundings of her homeland. From an early age, she was immersed in a rich musical tradition: she learned the great Latin American standards from her Chilean father and Uruguayan mother, and she breathed deeply of the "Música Popular" from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, Peru and Brazil. Through her studies at Escuela Moderna de Música (Chile) and Berklee College of Music (USA), Natalia expanded her jazz vocabulary to create a sumptuous tapestry of sound that remains suffused with the rhythms and melodies and of trovadores of Latin America.

Michael Eckroth, pianist and keyboardist
Michael Eckroth is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and currently resides in Jackson Heights, NY. He recently completed his PhD degree in jazz performance at NYU (dissertation title: Early Cuban Piano Improvisation: 1937-1949) and currently leads or collaborates in a number of projects in varied genres of music. Michael recently released the album Piano and Rhythm with a cast of New York latin greats. Other recent collaborative recordings include duo with Ron McClure, Hello Stars, the recent La Voz De Tres album Sueños y Delirios, the Chulo Records album collaboration with the Cuban singer Pepito Gomez, as well as numerous sideman jazz recordings. From 2010-2012 Michael toured extensively with the John Scofield New Jazz Quartet. That group played in many of the major club venues in the United States in addition to venues and festivals in over 20 countries. With other groups, Michael has performed all over Europe and the Americas, as well as in many U.S. club and festival venues.

Recent notable performances include the Magno Alexandre/Michael Eckroth quartet tour dates in Switzerland and the Tucson Jazz Festival with La Voz de Tres. Upcoming releases include an Eliot Zigmund, Chris Cheek et al. album as well as another Ron McClure record. Upcoming performance dates for Michael include Mezzrow, Smalls and other venues in NYC. In addition, Michael will be teaching jazz piano at Dartmouth for the winter and spring 2017 terms.  

Jason Ennis, Guitarist
Jason Ennis is an exciting voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director.

A graduate of Middlebury College (BA in music), Jason attended Berklee College of Music (Boston) and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ennis has performed and/or recorded with Tessa Souter (Motéma Music), Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers Band), Paul McCandless (Oregon, The Paul Winter Consort), The Sonya Kitchell Band (Velour Music, Starbucks Hear Music), Todd Reynolds (Bang on a Can, Steve Reich), The I/O Ensemble under the direction of percussionist Matthew Gold, actor and musician Joe Morton, Mary Ann McSweeney’s Urban Fado Project, The Ramón Ángel-Rey Trio, Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, Choro da Manhá, The Julio Botti Quintet, Pablo Ziegler and others. In summer of 2016, he played in the world premier at the Williamstown Theater Festival of the musical Poster Boy, by Craig Carnelia and Joe Tracz. Ennis transcribed and edited a collection of solo guitar arrangements by his friend and mentor, Gene Bertoncini, which was published in 2012 by Hal Leonard Publishing.

Ennis leads his own instrumental group, Trio Jota Sete, and co-leads the world jazz trio, La Voz de Tres, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Chile and has released two CDs: La Voz de Tres (2010) and Sueños y Delirios (2014). His searing blues style is a corner stone of the NYC-based jazz/blues powerhouse group, Opius Bliss, fronted by vocalist Michelle Walker. He is a member of The Thomas Bergeron Ensemble, whose May 2015 release, Sacred Feast, presents re-imaginings of selected works by French composer Olivier Messiaen, and is co-composer and musical director for En Diablada, an original music project by Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal, inspired by Andean folkloric traditions. Since Fall of 2015, Ennis has been a Lecturer in Music at Dartmouth College, where he teaches jazz, world and popular guitar styles. Currently residing in Pittsfield, MA, he teaches guitar privately and at the Berkshire Music School, is a faculty member at Interplay Jazz in Woodstock, Vermont and has given workshops at colleges and Universities throughout the US and Chile. Jason uses K and K pickup systems and DiGiacomo Custom Switches. For more information and a current listing of upcoming performances, please visit http://www.jasonennis.com.

"The musicianship is impeccable and Ms. Bernal's voice is a revelation."

Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest

La Voz De Tres

World Jazz Trio

Paul McCandless